Sweeney: Bruins, Pastrnak 'will find a deal at some point in time'


Sweeney: Bruins, Pastrnak 'will find a deal at some point in time'

BRIGHTON, Mass – The discussion level has kicked up between Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and JP Barry, agent for David Pastrnak, in recent days, but it doesn’t sound like the ball has moved much in one direction with a week to go until the opening of training camp.

The Bruins have made a couple of offers that came in at $6 million-per-year for a long-term deal. Barry submitted an offer to the Bruins at the end of last week for eight years that’s believed to have been for at least $8 million per. So, there’s a wide gap between the B’s and a key, 21-year-old restricted free agent who broke out for 34 goals and 70 points last season.

“Status quo there," Sweeney said at the start of rookie camp on Thursday morning. "JP and I continue to talk, and will continue to talk and find a deal at some point in time. But there’s no timetable on it and nothing really to expand on other than the nature of the talks have been ongoing.” 

Sweeney added that he still believes both sides are committed to keeping No. 88 in Boston for the long term. “There’s never really been any deviance from that standpoint, from the organization or from the player, or any indications otherwise. [We just need] to find a deal that works.”

Clearly, there’s still a chance that a shorter bridge deal becomes a possibility if the two sides just can’t agree on a long-term contract, but there are no indications that's a desired option for the player or team.

With the start of B’s rookie camp commencing, the urgency starts to go a little higher with NHL camp a week away and Pastrnak expected to be one of the big offensive catalysts on the B’s along with leading scorer Brad Marchand. The Bruins are still nearly two weeks out from the Sept. 18 preseason opener against the Montreal Canadiens in Quebec City. That will be when Pastrnak truly begins to fall behind his teammates if the two sides can’t hammer something out in the next 10 days. 

Morning Skate: 100 reasons to love the NHL at 100


Morning Skate: 100 reasons to love the NHL at 100

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while "The Last Jedi" is officially open for business.

*In honor of the 100th anniversary of the NHL, here are 100 reasons to love the league, its players and its storied history. I’ll give you one reason: Bobby Freakin’ Orr.

*It looks like Milan Lucic is becoming a good fit on a line with Connor McDavid out in Edmonton, something that I think the Oil envisioned when they originally signed him.

*A nice piece on the lasting friendship between Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury even after they’re no longer goalie tandem partners in Pittsburgh. A couple of Stanley Cups will do that for a goalie duo.

*They say that there’s no dancing in hockey, and there’s this ECHL player that is getting his groove on during pregame warm-ups.

*It sounds like Anthony Duclair is attempting to adapt and evolve his game with the Arizona Coyotes after fighting through the trade rumors.

*For something completely different: Speaking of the release of the new "Star Wars" movie, here is the first reaction from fans.


Cassidy takes issue with no 'third man in' call

Cassidy takes issue with no 'third man in' call

BOSTON – Brad Marchand understands the rabble-rousing game as much as anybody at the NHL level.

So, the Bruins left winger isn’t going to be the one to complain when somebody begins targeting him with the same kind of borderline hits and rough-edged play that he doles out on a regular basis. That was the case again in the 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at TD Garden.


“That’s his game. I mean, [Tom Wilson] plays that way, and he’s effective at it, so, you know, that’s what’s got him a job in the NHL and continues to allow him to play,” said Marchand. “Again, you know, he’s effective at what he does.”

Marchand finished with a point and a minus-2 and was once again bumped and knocked around by the bigger, stronger Capitals team that knocked him out of the lineup with a high hit from Wilson more than a month ago.

Once again the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Wilson was at the heart of the proceedings in this one as he jumped on the back of Marchand, and caused the B’s winger to slam the back of his head into the boards after he’d already squared off with Dmitry Orlov following a whistle. Both Marchand and Orlov were understandably whistled for matching cross-checking penalties at the end of the second period, but Wilson got away completely free despite clearly jumping in as the third guy into the fracas.

Compare that with the lame third man in/instigator call against Jake DeBrusk last week when he stepped up to defend a teammate the proper way and it’s no surprise Bruce Cassidy was a little miffed at the officiating after the game Thursday.

“I voiced my opinion at the end of the period. I think it’s wrong. And to me, to just put two guys in the box in that situation, when a third guy comes in there should have been an additional call,” said Cassidy. “That’s the way I felt about it. They didn’t see it that way. Cleary two guys, [Dimitry] Orlov and

Marchy [Brad Marchand] was battling and for him to come in is unnecessary to say the least in that situation. Their job is to police it on the ice. In that particular instance, that’s the way they saw it. That’s the way it went.”

Of greater concern to the Bruins should be Wilson continuing to target Marchand in plays that result in smacking his head into the boards and putting him in danger of another head injury after he’s already been in the concussion protocol twice this season. Nobody from the Bruins stepped up to Wilson in the third period after pulling that stunt with No. 63. The feeling at this address is that it’s going to continue happening with Marchand until somebody decides they’re going to protect Boston’s star player.